MLB, MLBPA condemn All-Star Game trial as “political theater”

Major League Baseball criticized a lawsuit filed by a conservative group over the league’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new election laws as groundless and just another step in a “campaign advertising “.

The league said in a court filing Monday that the lawsuit filed by the Jobs Creators Network last week “did not meet the requirements of a preliminary injunction” and that upholding MLB’s decision to move the game protects the ” defendants’ right to demonstrate their values ​​and preserving their freedom as private entities to determine where to organize their events ”, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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“JCN opposed the MLB decision, but that does not give it a basis for federal civil rights claims,” ​​the record says. Moreover, despite its claims of urgency, JCN has spent the last two months putting up billboards in Times Square and running inflammatory ads in The New York Times. When its advertising campaign had no effect , JCN has decided to continue, but this Court’s time should not be wasted in political theater. “

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The Players Association fired back with its own case on Monday, saying she should never have been named in the lawsuit because she has no role in the venue of the All-Star Game.

He claimed that the Jobs Creators Network “filed this complaint for political theater, then doubled down on the abuse of legal process by dragging the MLBPA and its executive director … into a frivolous lawsuit.”

Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, previously said FOX Business that the movement “robbed small businesses in Atlanta.”

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“We want the game to come back to its place,” said Ortiz. “This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to the misinformation about Georgia’s new electoral law which includes voter identification.”

The first hearing will take place Thursday in federal court in New York.

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